COVID-19: Italy makes vaccination passport mandatory – workers can be fined, suspended without pay | world News
Italy will become the first European country to make the vaccination passport system mandatory for all workers.
Evidence of vaccination, a negative test, or recent recovery from the infection must be provided or employees will be suspended without pay and face a fine.
However, they cannot be expelled.
The law is set to apply to both public and private employees from October 15 after the Italian government approved the measures on Thursday.
“Nothing like this has happened in Europe… We are putting ourselves first internationally,” said Public Administration Minister Renato Brunetta.
It is hoped the move will lead to more people being vaccinated, and the minister said the government expected a “tremendous” jump in the number of people being stabbed.
Some EU countries have made vaccination of health workers mandatory, but none have made a so-called Green Pass a requirement for all employees.
The goal was originally to make it easier to travel to Europe, but Italy was one of the few countries that made it a requirement to enter places such as indoor dining, gyms, and museums.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has faced resistance from right-wing leader Matteo Salvini to expanding the reach of the coronavirus in the country.
However, Mr Salvini’s party is divided on the issue and the cabinet unanimously approved the change.
Major employers’ federations have also backed the move in the hope that it will prevent further closures.
Unions have said tests should be free for workers who do not want to be vaccinated, but the government has said it will be limited to 15 euros.
Italy’s COVID-19 death toll is the highest in Europe after the United Kingdom, with more than 130,000 deaths, and was the first country on the continent to go into lockdown.
About 74% of people received a single dose of the vaccine and 68% were fully vaccinated.
In the United Kingdom, the government has backed away from plans to bring a vaccine certification system to access large and crowded places such as nightclubs, but kept the option on the table as part of the “Plan B” for the winter.
Home care workers will also Need a full vaccination by November 11 in order to get a job, while Health Minister Sajid Javid said the requirement was “very likely” to be extended to all frontline NHS staff.
The French government said on Thursday About 3000 workers in hospitalsCare homes and health centers have been suspended for not complying with the mandatory vaccination against the Corona virus.